SETI Past, Present, and Future

H. Paul Shuch (Editor)

SEARCHING FOR EXTRATERRESTRIAL INTELLIGENCE: SETI Past, Present, and Future The search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) was launched in April 1960,when Frank Drake's Project Ozma effectively combined radiometry and spectroscopy to scan a single frequency related to a known astrophysical emission line. Today, new scientific knowledge coupled with emerging technologies promise that we may soon find out whether humankind is the only intelligent life in the Universe.

Searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is written by the very scientists and engineers who have led, and continue to lead, the scientific quest known as SETI. It brings together a definitive collection of essays that review the major projects undertaken during the first 50 years of SETI science, the technical background to contemporary SETI instruments, experiments, and analytical techniques, and then looks ahead to the possible directions that SETI will take in the next 5 years.

Table of Contents



PART I The Spirit of SETI Past
1. A half-century of SETI science (H.Paul Shuch)
2. Project Ozma: The birth of observational SETI (H.Paul Shuch)
3. Project Cyclops: The greatest radio telescope never built (Robert Dixon)
4. "Wow!" A tantalizing candidate (Jerry Ehman)
5. SETI: The NASA years (John Billingham)
6. From HRMS to Phoenix: Up from the ashes (Peter Backus)
7. SERENDIP: The Berkeley SETI Program (Stuart Bowyer)
8. Millions and billions of channels (Darren Leigh and Paul Horowitz)

PART II The Spirit of SETI Present
9. ATA: A cyclops for the 21st century (Jill Tarter)
10. Optical SETI: Moving toward the light (Stuart Kingsley and Monte Ross)
11. Distributed processing of SETI data (Eric Korpela)
12. Project Argus: Pursuing amateur all-sky SETI (H. Paul Shuch)
13. Gravitational lensing extends SETI range (Richard Factor)
14. Detection algorithms: FFT vs. KLT (Claudio Maccone)
15. Implementing the KLT (Stelio Montebugnoli)
16. A Sentry on the Universe (Robert Dixon)
17. Pondering the Fermi Paradox (Stephen Webb)

PART III The Spirit of SETI Future
18. Focusing the Galactic internet (Claudio Maccone)
19. SETI in science fiction (Stephen Baxter)
20. What's past is prologue: Future messages of cosmic evolution (Doug Vakoch)
21. METI: Messaging to extraterrestrial intelligence (Alexander Zaitsev)
22. A contrarian perspective on altruism (David Brin)
23. L: How Long Do They Last? (Seth Shostak)
24. What will they look like? (Jack Cohen)
25. Being technological (Kathryn Denning)
26. After contact, then what? (Albert Harrison)

Hungarians as Martians: The truth behind the legend (Philip Morrison)

Looking forward (Allen Tough)


Extent: 500 pages
Binding: Hardback
Published: 2011
ISBN: 978-3-642-13195-0

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